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Message from Good Samaritan University Hospital President Ruth E. Hennessey (updated Nov. 23)

Dear Neighbors,

The Thanksgiving season is upon us and during this time, there is one feeling that comes to mind when reflecting upon the past year—“Gratitude.” As our neighbors, you have provided Good Samaritan University Hospital support and blessings through a number of the year’s milestones. For this, the entire Good Samaritan family would like to say thank you!

This year, we worked hand-in-hand with our local residents to craft the final details of the Patient Care Pavilion project. Your feedback was truly important in shaping this project and the future of health care on the south shore. I would like to extend our gratitude to those who attended our open houses, community meetings and one-to-ones. For five years, Good Samaritan has made it a priority to meet with the residents of West Islip and other surrounding communities to share the vision of enhancing health care and working together to reach the goal of modernization of the hospital. Thank you for your personal time spent supporting the needs of the community.

Gratitude to those who attended our groundbreaking ceremony, to officially kick off the enhancement of Good Samaritan and to those who joined us for our Legacy Forward event, as we changed the name of Good Samaritan to better reflect who we are. The word “University” embodies the spirit of this educational health care facility. It focuses on the training of the next generation of physicians in physical, mental and spiritual care and compassion that only a faith-based system, such as Catholic Health, can provide. Our role in the community and a strong commitment to cultivating the next generation of physicians to work and live on Long Island were emphasized in this event.

Finally, gratitude for the exciting path ahead for us all and the important role that Good Samaritan will continue to have as a premier health care facility and community partner. Health care is not just present here at the hospital. Instead, the future of health care places focus on a presence in the community. Whether it is through providing education, screenings or assistance, Good Samaritan University Hospital will remain a continued presence to ensure you and your family are cared for during your time of need.

I extend my thanks to all of our residents for allowing Good Samaritan to commit to excellence and transform the way health care is delivered. Our goal is to become the most trusted health partner to all the communities we serve. With your help, we continue to move closer to achieve this.

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

 

With Gratitude,

Ruth E. Hennessey

President, Good Samaritan University Hospital

Modernizing and Enhancing Services for Our Community

The parable of the Good Samaritan, the ultimate story of a neighbor helping another, has been the foundation of Good Samaritan Hospital. It speaks to the mission of caring for, and partnering with, the neighbors of West Islip as well as the rest of the south shore of Long Island.

To be a reliable neighbor, Good Samaritan University Hospital must continue to provide the highest level of health care, offer the communities on the south shore new award-winning programs, and realign to become an increasing resilient facility when faced with powerful storms, natural disasters and other hazardous events.

Sweeping changes in health care over the past ten years have prompted us to plan more than ten years forward to develop medical programs that can serve the needs of our community well into the future. An advanced medical center, breakthrough technology and state-of-the-art facility also provides the tools to continue to attract physicians, nurses and other health professionals to live and work on Long Island.

Good Samaritan University Hospital and its leadership is committed to working closely with our community on our expansion and growth initiatives.

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Services & Programs

Rendering of Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department

Good Samaritan University Hospital’s service area includes the communities on the western portion of the south shore of Suffolk County, and largely, Suffolk County as a whole. Our vision is to continue to provide the highest level of health care, offer the communities on the south shore of Long Island high-quality programs and services, and realign to become an increasingly resilient facility.

Our community's health needs are changing and patients expect cutting-edge services and private space. Good Samaritan University Hospital has recently added a number of new, advanced services and technology, such as the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island and an expanded interventional cardiology and radiology suite. Future plans include more state-of-the-art technologies and environments that will attract high quality physicians and surgeons to the community.

Although the overall population will only grow about 2.3% from 2017 to 2027, the 65 and over age bracket is projected to grow by nearly 26%, which is significant. This is an indicator that the services mentioned are critical and will be much-needed to care for the residents of Suffolk County. Expanding and enhancing the facility now and having state-of-the-art technology and services will enable Good Samaritan University Hospital to care for our community well into the future.

Emergency Department

rendering of Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department floor plan

Good Samaritan University Hospital's Emergency Department is often the first point of contact for both adults and children throughout Suffolk County in need of health care, seeing nearly 80,000 patients a year. With an unmatched level of services, including the only Verified Level 2 Trauma Center for both adults and pediatrics on the south shore of Long Island, it is not surprising that this volume represents the second highest amount of emergency department visits in Suffolk County. With such a high demand for emergency services, Good Samaritan Hospital's surrounding community and our health care professionals deserve the best medical experience possible.

A need existed to immediately enhance our Emergency Department, creating a completely separate experience for pediatric patients and their families, and eventually, providing a larger state-of-the-art facility. A redesign of the Emergency Department's waiting and triage areas has already allowed for better patient flow. The opening of the new Pediatric Emergency Department has provided a more distinct separation between the pediatric and adult waiting and treatment areas. Emergency treatment bays will be developed to alleviate overcrowding and provide a safe and secure environment for patients and their families. This enhanced Emergency Department will act as a bridge to a larger modernization project—the Patient Care Pavilion.

Patient Room
Surgery Waiting Room

To better shape the future of health care, Good Samaritan University Hospital has developed plans for a Patient Care Pavilion providing health care solutions for the growing population on the south shore of Long Island. This option was based off of data from a number of different sources, including a needs assessment that also identified many challenges related to the current campus facility, a long-term and capacity analysis report from Kaufman Hall (a third party consultant specializing in health care) conceptualizing how a future health care facility should be structured, overall facility priorities, community needs and the current costs for construction.

The total number of beds provided by Good Samaritan University Hospital will not increase. Instead, it will remain at 437 and stay current with the advancements in medical technology, insuring a wide variety of benefits to south shore residents.

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The Patient Care Pavilion will be a new six-story addition with construction beginning at a time to-be-determined between now and 2022 that will include:

  • An enhanced emergency department, allowing Good Samaritan University Hospital to care for the nearly 80,000 visits by local community residents every year—consistently the second highest in Suffolk County
  • A larger surgical suite, which will include an additional 16 operating rooms, a new perioperative area and sterile processing and support—required due to the continued move toward more minimally invasive and outpatient surgical procedures
  • A private medical surgical unit featuring 36 single patient rooms with the ability to renovate additional floors to increase the number of private rooms to 120.

Many initial steps have been taken to assist in the development of the Patient Care Pavilion, including:

  • Parking and traffic studies
  • Length of Stay reductions and the development of a central command center to assist with patient flow
  • Conversations with the Town of Islip on overall needs of the community
  • Conversations with local resident organizations throughout West Islip for feedback

 

Ruth Hennessey, President

John McMurray

John McMurray, Chief Operating Officer

Joseph Loiacono

Joseph Loiacono, Senior Vice President of Planning & Development

Justin Jaycon, Director of Public & Community Relations

Enhanced Surgical Services

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